Today is my day… The day he buttoned his shirt

When I write this note, I feel like I have reached the sky. Yes I mean happy to share that my Sivuu has started doing the buttoning independently. Friends don’t get surprised when I say he learned the skill at 11. That was he and his fine motor difficulty.

He was able to unbutton the shirt a year ago but needed prompts for buttoning the shirt. I remember loosing my temper several times when my hands ache while doing the physical prompt. But soon realized that when I loose it, his anxiety shoots up and he wouldn’t be able to do on prompts either.

How did he develop the skill?

There’s no easy method or pre skills that helped him. I would say consistency is all that matters. By Pre skills I meant I didn’t buy any buttoning board to develop in him the idea. I don’t know whether his school was doing that but at home we just practiced everyday wearing his school uniform. It used to take more than 10 minutes with prompts to actually finish the activity. Sivaa is sometimes a kinesthetic learner and shows positive results if provided time.

Understood his fine motor delay

Siddhu his neuro typical brother started doing the activity at the age of 3 or so and I remember that triggered me to practice the same for Sivaa who was then 8 years. When I started the activity three years back, Sivaa wasn’t ready to even wait, or hold the button or look in to the holes provided. That time my only focus was to make him patiently wait and understand the activity that I was doing for him.

Today when he buttoned his shirt on his own, I clapped and hugged him with utmost joy to which he smiled rocked and stimmed with his hands back to me. I could very well relate to his happiness and it was like my boy saying to me that. I did it.. Amma.. Finally I could do it… ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜˜

Unlike Siddhu, Anoop is not a great person to share such exciting moments. When I called him to share my happiness he came down from upstairs anxiously thinking I had fallen down somewhere and got hurt. He even scolded me for screaming like that…๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„

Anyway I’m waiting for Siddhu to be back from school to share my joy.

Selfie time with Sivaa ( to imitate what Amma was doing) He managed to do it this way


Preetha Anoop Menon

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